Today Opapeleo provides you with the information required for a child under 18 years of age to update, obtain a Cuban passport in Cuba and travel abroad in case either one or both of the child’s parents are not in Cuba.
To update or obtain a Cuban passport to travel abroad, the Migratory Law in force since 2013 in Cuba provides that persons under 18 years of age may travel only if officially authorized by BOTH parents or legal guardians. If either (or both) parents are not in Cuba, a Power of Attorney or Consent for the Minor’s Departure is required, which may be obtained in two different ways:
- In person: Notarial deed before a Cuban consul. For the United States, at the Cuban Consulate in Washington DC. Due to the pandemic, the Cuban consulate in Washington DC is currently closed and this procedure cannot be made in person.
- With an agency: By legalizing a notarized deed for use in Cuba before a notary in the United States which contains the clause entitling the minor to travel. This clause hereby authorizes the minor to obtain a passport and to travel abroad, for all legal purposes. To do this you can go to any agency, such as Opapeleo, which is under contract with the Cuban embassy to provide consular services to Cubans all over the United States. This procedure can be completed with Opapeleo 100% online here or calling to 202-800-4141 from 8AM to 8PM 7 days a week (Sundays until 2PM).
Below is a short explanation of the process, which has 3 stages:
- Opapeleo provides you with the text of the Power of Attorney you need. Please sign it before a notary public where you reside and submit it to us using a prepaid FedEx label provided by Opapeleo. In some States such as TN, NJ, NY and KY this document must also be notarized at the county courthouse before submitting it to Opapeleo.
- Opapeleo receives, reviews in detail and then implements the Stage 1 of Authentication: Legalization in the State where the notary is located.
- Once received from the State, Opapeleo implements the Stage 2: Legalization at the U.S. Federal Authentication Office in Washington DC.
- Once received from the federal government, we implement the Stage 3: Legalization before the Consul of Cuba making your document ready for use in Cuba.
- Opapeleo returns the legalized document to you.
One interesting detail is that this authorization remains in effect until it is revoked. by the person who granted it, who is obliged to notify the other parent or legal representative and submit an authorized copy of the revocation instrument to the office of the Immigration and Alien Affairs Office of the territory where the authorization was presented, if the person lives in the United States, that is, to the Cuban Consulate in Washington DC.